24067872_10155749445225320_7938553670097569990_nTen years ago, Eric Fiedler and I went for a run where he told me a whacky story about a doctor in Spain who did a hydration study with beer. On that cold morning Eric planted the seed in my mind that would grow into an international social running movement. I never anticipated the impact FBR would have on my life or the lives of others near and far.

Over the years I’ve had the honor of meeting many amazing people from atop my steps. I’m so proud of your commitment to our community, your philanthropy, your running accomplishments, and maintaining FBR as a welcoming and encouraging place for new people to gather. Together we have accomplished much including: launching the Beer Runners movement in Spain, domestic and international chapters, tens of thousands of dollars raised for charity, inspired an award winning documentary, Beer Runners Summit with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2 Best of Philly awards, 10 Beer Runners weddings (including my own), 6+ Beer Runners babies, articles in GQ Magazine, Runners World Spain, Philly Magazine, The New York Times, and christened the “coolest running club in America” by Christopher Mcdougall. Our shirts have been to Antarctica, Moscow, New Zealand, China, and flown over Afghanistan. Oh and we F’d cancer along the way 😉 It has been a heck of a ride!

Thank you Beer Runners, current and alumni, for giving more than you take and inspiring others to achieve more than they expected. And thank you Eric and Manuel J Castillo Garzon Garzon for 10 amazing years of running and friendship.

Please help celebrate this Saturday at Philadelphia Brewing Company at the 10th Anniversary Gala.

— David April